Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring Has Sprung!
Over 75% of Americans commit to spring cleaning their homes every year. Wow!
Did you know that decluttering can have a positive impact on your mood, self-esteem, productivity, and creativity? Who would have thought! If you’re working from home this year, as so many people are nowadays, you need a clean space!
With this spring-cleaning checklist, you can stay organized and tackle your entire home! Are you ready to get cleaning? Keep reading…
Set A Schedule
On average, spring cleaning takes around 6 About 29% of people finish within one to two days. With the right plan and these spring-cleaning tips, you can make the most of your time.
Don’t reach for your mop or window cleaner just yet. Instead, look around your home.
Which areas are going to take the longest to clean? Which rooms require the most attention?
When you quickly clean throughout the year, what areas do you tend to avoid?
Focus on tackling your big problem areas first. That way, you’ll have more energy to complete smaller tasks as you go.
Before you start cleaning, set a schedule for yourself. How many days do you want to spend cleaning? Break your tasks apart by room.
Then, establish a plan of attack for every room in your home.
Room By Room
When cleaning your home’s entryway, make sure to:
- Wipe the walls and baseboards
- Sweep and mop the floors
- Clean the door and doormat
- Organize your shoes and hang your jackets
For the office, recycle any paperwork you don’t need. Dust and polish the furniture and bookshelves. Don’t forget to sanitize your keyboard and mouse while you’re at it!
In the garage:
- Declutter your toys, sporting equipment, and tools
- Open the garage door to air the garage out
- Wipe down your walls
- Sweep the floor
- Clean the garage door and frame
- Clean the windows
- Replace the batteries for your garage openers
In the children’s playroom, make sure to sanitize any plastic toys using soap and water. Consider washing the stuffed animals as well.
You can declutter by donating unused toys. Otherwise, clean the rugs, carpets, and floors. Keep everyone’s toys organized, too.
For the living room:
- Dust and polish the furniture
- Clean or vacuum the curtains
- Clean the ceiling fans
- Vacuum the sofa and chairs
- Dust the blinds and curtain rods
- Wash the slipcovers, blankets, and pillows
- Clean the window sills and wash the windows
- Dust and clean the lampshades, decor, and electronics
- Sanitize the remotes
- Shampoo the rugs or carpets
- Vacuum or mop the floors
In the bathroom, make sure to wipe the mirror down. Discard any expired products and clean up your makeup brushes. Clean the vanity, tub, shower, and showerhead, too.
Don’t forget to give the tile grout a good scrub. Then, clean the toilet, hardware, walls, and baseboards. Sweep and mop the floors, too.
In the kitchen, clean the:
- Drawers and shelves in the freezer and fridge
- Cabinet doors and backsplash
- High surfaces
- Kitchen drain
- Floors, baseboards, and walls
Don’t forget to discard any expired food, too.
You can use this spring-cleaning checklist to stay organized as you work through every room.
Choose The Right Products
Now that you have your spring-cleaning checklist, you can use these spring cleaning tips for a more effective cleaning process!
Before you start cleaning, it’s important to have the right tools handy. Gather what you need, including:
- A HEPA vacuum
- Brooms, dusters, and mops
- Paper towels
- New air filters
- Toilet cleaner
- Leather cleaner
- Steam cleaner
Make sure you have a different cleaner for every surface. Otherwise, your cleaners might do more harm than good.
Gathering your supplies beforehand will help you avoid stopping halfway through the cleaning process.
Declutter Every Room
Remember, clutter can cause stress. Start learning how to clean your house by decluttering every room.
Remove any objects you no longer need. Then, give every item in your home a designated space.
Once you use that item, put it right back where it belongs! Using this tactic will keep your home from getting cluttered in the future.
Start At The Top
As you start cleaning every room, make sure to start from the top. Clean away dust and debris from your ceiling and fans. Cleaning from the top will save you from dusting and vacuuming twice.
Otherwise, dust will fall on your recently vacuumed floors. You’ll need to clean again to keep the floors clean.
Work Your Way Down
Grab your HEPA vacuum, which will catch the smallest dust particles throughout your home. Clean up the dust, cobwebs, and other allergens off your floors.
Use your vacuum to clean hard-to-reach areas and tight corners. Make sure to get every nook and cranny. Don’t forget to use your attachments!
Get Every Surface
Dust can settle on your countertops, floors, windows, and walls. When using these spring-cleaning ideas, make sure to get every surface.
Remember to use the right cleaner for each surface to avoid damages, too.
You can use a steam cleaner to clean your windows. Don’t forget the blinds and walls as well. Clean in and outside of your home for a thorough clean.
Tackle Trouble Areas
Remember those areas throughout your home you’ve started to avoid? Make sure to tackle those areas first. These can include your showers, kitchen oven, and every junk drawer.
You can tackle these areas on day one or space them one. Give yourself one trouble area to tackle a day. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as you clean these areas.
Don’t let allergies impact your family’s health. Instead, clear the air by using a fresh HVAC filter. Filters with a high MERV rating will keep the air clear of pollen, dust, and allergens.
Air out your home, too. Open the windows to let fresh air circulate.
Once you’ve used these spring cleaning tips, refresh every room. Light a candle. Change the bedding, towels, and pillows, too.
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